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Holistic Medicine for Addiction® (HMA®)

Click here to apply/register for Holistic Medicine for Addiction® (HMA®).


Overview of Holistic Medicine for Addiction®
Online training for professionals


“If you want to know medicine, know addiction” Source Unknown, USA 1987.


It’s been nearly 40 years since I was first introduced to addiction medicine. For the past 27 of those years, I’ve specialized in the treatment of ”food addiction,” which I now call ”sugar addiction” (referring to sugar, flour / grains and processed foods). In that time, I have treated thousands of clients and trained hundreds of professionals in sugar addiction treatment. In 2012, I created a one-year training program on Holistic Medicine for Addiction® (HMA®) for professionals who counsel people affected by sugar, flour and processed foods. Initially taught only in Swedish, I now teach HMA® in English, drawing students from across the globe.



What is Holistic Medicine for Addiction® (HMA®)?


Holistic Medicine for Addiction® is an online course which integrates multiple addiction treatment paradigms necessary to see and understand the ”big picture” of addiction. It prepares professionals to treat their clients as whole people while addressing all aspects of their disease. HMA® covers topics of Traditional Medicine, Neuroscience-Based Addiction Medicine, Metabolic Medicine, Low Carb High Fat / Keto Eating Patterns, Integrative / Orthomolecular Medicine, Relapse Prevention, Support groups and more.


In this course you will learn about the American Association of Addiction Medicine’s definition of addiction based on Neuroscience and the central roles of nutrition and the brain in this disease. You will learn how to build a successful treatment plan, based on Neuroscience, and you will receive tools that will help you lead your clients on the path to lifelong recovery.


Here you will acquire unique knowledge and a holistic view of addiction. The main focus of this course is on sugar addiction because it is usually the starting point of the entire addiction development. But the training also includes Addiction Interaction Disorder and screening for alcohol, subscription drugs, street drugs and gambling addiction.


Who is eligible for this course?

Healthcare professionals, SUGAR® and ADDIS® certified / licensed professionals, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, addiction counselors, obesity and nutritional counselors, dieticians, health educators, naturopaths, personal trainers, coaches, social workers, psychologists and other mental health therapists, etc. If you have another background and want to expand your knowledge in addiction medicine, please submit an application or email .


Application process:

If interested, please complete and submit a Training Registration Form to apply for participation in this program. The application will ask for information on your addiction knowledge, educational background, professional skills and work experience. Similarly, recovering addicts wishing to participate are asked to complete this same form, detailing their recovery experience and professional background. Acceptance to the course will be determined by application information and a personal interview.


Topics covered:


Biochemical Repair Block

  • Detoxification / withdrawal from sugar and other addictive food substances
  • Biochemical repair of the brain: What it is, and how to provide this key service
  • Mitochondrial fatigue
  • The Addicted Brain – disease concept
  • Addiction memory circuit and euphoric recall, craving management.
  • Knowledge of the brain and brain nutritional needs.
  • Nutrition from A to Z, including a food plan for the addicted brain and discussion of the similarities and differences between different “abstinent” food plans. We work with LCHF / Ketogenic food plans for #sugaraddicts.
  • Understanding and treating hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome
  • Treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • Sugar sensitivity: harmful use versus pathological use
  • Addiction Interaction Disorder: ”One illness, many outlets”
  • Various expressions of sugar addiction, such as volume eating, bingeing, purging, dieting, excessive exercise, restriction, etc. (Process addictions)
  • Oxytocin’s role, especially with respect to volume eating.


Relapse Prevention Block

  • Lifelong treatment, by stage
  • 12-Step and other recovery support groups
  • The role of conscious breathing in recovery
  • The role of shame in addiction
  • Relapse prevention and treatment
  • Behavioral changes, thoughts, feelings, urges and actions
  • Recovery skills
  • Why group work with addicts is more effective than to one-on-one


Case Management Certification Block

  • Effective screening and needs assessment
  • Initial evaluation, treatment planning and monitoring
  • Transition planning and follow-up evaluation
  • Strategies to avoid burn-out when working with this challenging client population
  • Guidelines for setting up a practice to begin working with clients
  • Knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to effectively care for clients and maximize their success




Full certification training:  The next complete course for full certification begins in January, 2022.


You may complete the entire training (to become certified), or choose only selected blocks (without certification) depending on your interests, background and current level of training.


      • Relapse Prevention Block: The current session runs from September 7th through November, 2021 — for completion at your own pace. Registrations will be accepted until the end of September since all live webinars are recorded for later viewing. (It’s possible to do just a bit of ”catching up.”) The next session will be held in the Fall, 2022, for completion at your own pace.


      • Biochemical Repair Block: The next session will be held in the Spring, 2022 (from late January to June, 2022) for completion at your own pace.


      • Summary and Case Management Certification Block : The next session of this block will begin in December, 2021, and will be offered again in December, 2022. (Relapse Prevention and Biochemical Repair Blocks are pre-requisites.)


Recommended supplemental trainings:


      • SUGAR® Certification Training and Licensure is highly recommended as a complement to the HMA® course. Although this training (with certification and licensure) is optional, it’s highly recommended as the foundation of comprehensive client treatment. Please click here for separate information on SUGAR® Certification Training.


      • An optional, four-day, face-to-face Intensive is also highly recommended as a complement to the HMA course. Please click here for separate information on the next four-day, face-to-face Intensive.


HMA Faculty :

Director: Bitten Jonsson , Reg. Nurse Addiction specialist, SUGAR®, ADDIS® certified


Lecturers and guest lecturers:


Biochemistry Block

  • Nicole Avena, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Visiting Professor of Health Psychology, Princeton University
  • Paul Earley, MD, President of ASAM, FASAM, Author of Recovery Mind Training and Recovery Skills Manual.
  • Robert Lustig , MD Professor emeritus of pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, UCSF author of the new book Metabolical and more
  • Börje Dahl, Degree of Bachelor of Science in Social Work, CEO at Dahl & Dahl, Specialist in addiction and synthetic drugs sold via the Internet. ADDIS®, GAMES® certification / licensing.
  • Anders Olsson , Breathing expert, author and lecturer,
  • Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg , Prof, MD Oxytocin specialist,
  • Birgitta Brunes, MD Specialist in Multiple Sclerosis and Neuro Nutrient therapy,
  • Anna Fruehling , Sugar / processed food addiction specialist, Primal Health Coach, SUGAR® C / L
  • Heidi Giaever , Nutrition Consultant & Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner, X-PERT Diabetes Health Coach, Certified and Licensed Food Addiction Counselor.
  • Vera Tarman, MD, addictions specialist author of Food Junkies.
  • David Unwin , MD, GP, metabolic syndrome and dysfunction, diabetes expert LCHF / KETO
  • Georgia Ede , MD Metabolic psychiatry. Specialist in Keto for mental health,


Relapse Prevention and Recovery Block

  • Roger Nilson, MD – Certified Addiction Interaction Disorder specialist, sex and relationship addiction specialist, and more. SSRI / SNRI detox
  • Jen Unwin , Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Psy D, FBPSs, C Psychol SUGAR C / L
  • David Wolfe , Reg. Dietitian, Sugar Addiction Coach, SUGAR C / L
  • Paul Earley , MD, President of ASAM, FASAM, Author of Recovery Mind Training and Recovery Skills Manual.
  • Roland Williams , MA, Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS), LAADC, ICAADC, CADCII
  • Judy Wolfe , Cert Food addiction and HMA® counselor, SUGAR® C / L


Case Management Certification Block
(Completion of Biochemical Repair and Relapse Prevention Blocks is a pre-requisite for registration.)

  • Bitten Jonsson , Reg. Nurse Addiction specialist, SUGAR®, ADDIS® certified
  • Börje Dahl, Degree of Bachelor of Science in Social Work, CEO at Dahl & Dahl, Specialist in addiction and synthetic drugs sold via the Internet. ADDIS®, GAMES® certification / licensing.



References: HAM® & SUGAR® C / L

Judy Wolfe , Worcester USA

Shun Foreman , Texas USA

Eloise Neeley New Zealand

Jayn Steele , Canada

Jen Unwin , UK

Julie Clark , Virginia, USA


Course Fees

Course Price (USD) Payment plan
Holistic Medicine for Addiction® (HMA®) – includes all three Blocks:

  • Biochemistry
  • Relapse Prevention and Recovery
  • Case Management Certification
USD $ 4,150 If necessary, payment can be split in two, or planned in some other way.
Biochemical Repair Block only (à la carte) USD $ 2,300 If necessary, payment can be split in two, or planned in some other way.
Relapse Prevention and Recovery Block only
(à la carte)
USD $ 2,300 If necessary, payment can be split in two, or planned in some other way.


Click here to Register.

Registrants will be invoiced; payments are accepted via bank transfer or PayPal.

To discuss other payment plans or arrangements, please email Bitten Jonsson .


PLEASE NOTE:  Schedule modifications may occur, due to unforeseen circumstances.



Webinars are held online, using Zoom, YouTube, Dropbox and a closed Facebook group. Some lectures are pre-recorded which can be viewed at your convenience. All live webinars are recorded for 24/7 student access afterward.


Click here to Register.

Class schedule and reading list will be provided on request.